Experts question Microsoft’s decision to retire XP

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Microsoft will ‘draw a line in the sand’ in 2014 when Windows XP exits support, security researchers said today, even if millions of people are still running the aged OS and a zero-day bug threatens the Windows ecosystem.

 

Computerworld – Microsoft will “draw a line in the sand” come April 2014 when Windows XP exits support, security researchers said today, even if millions of customers are still running the aged OS and a zero-day bug threatens the Windows ecosystem.

Or maybe not. Other experts believe Microsoft will have no choice but to continue supporting XP.

Windows XP, now in its twelfth year, is slated for retirement on April 8, 2014. After that date, the ancient OS will receive no further security updates or bug fixes, except to enterprises that pay for high-priced support contracts.

PCs running XP will not suddenly stop working, of course, but they will be at risk to attacks exploiting vulnerabilities uncovered — and patched for other editions of Windows — from that point on.

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